Raejean Roberts loves to spend time with her family celebrating life! She's always looking for a way to turn an everyday event into a party. You can read more of her adventures on her personal blog Easy as PIE.

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Pinterest Love: Cleaning Drains and Floors

My bathtub drain was clogged. Being the modern girl that I am, I turned to my Mecca of problem solving ideas – Pinterest. A quick search led me to a page of ways to unclog said drain.

Number one on the list involved baking soda, salt and cream of tartar. Coincidentally, I had all of those ingredients in my kitchen. I decided to make a ¼ batch, in case it didn’t work. If you’re wondering here’s the recipe I used. (It made enough for two uses.)Pinterest drain cleaner


Drain Cleaner

1 Tablespoon cream of tarter

4 Tablespoons of salt

4 Tablespoons of baking soda


Pour ¼ cup of the mixture down the drain. (My drain has one of those drain plugs that doesn’t come all the way off, so poured it on my drain.) Immediately I heard some fizzling; the baking soda was reacting with something.  Next I poured 2 cups of boiling water down the drain – more fizzling. I waited a minute or two before I turned on the shower. There was no water backing up! No chemical Dain-o smell and no waiting 10 minutes and trying again!

This wasn’t my first Pinterest success. I’ve tried several recipes, found a ton of party ideas, and lately I’ve actually been trying some of those exercises I pinned. But sticking to cleaning with baking soda, here’s my new favorite mop solution.

Mop Solution

¼ Cup vinegar

¼ Cup baking soda

2 teaspoons dish soap (recipe calls for more)

2 Gallons hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a bucket (or your kitchen sink). Like the drain cleaner, this mixture fizzes too. I think the fizzing makes it work so well. It definitely makes it fun to use; well, at least less like work.

Now that I’ve shared my two favorite Pinterest cleaning solutions, it’s your turn. What is your favorite cleaning pin?

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  1. Raejean 06/24/2013 at 8:16 pm

    Melissa, the cool thin about Pinterest is you don’t have to go back and actually do the work.

  2. Melissa Choate 06/24/2013 at 1:22 pm

    I’m so glad I read this before I mopped today! I’m totally going to try that mop solution. Fortunately, no clogged drains at the moment but I like the idea of not dealing with a Draino smell. I wish I could share my favorite cleaning pins but I’ve never searched Pinterest for anything remotely close to work. Ha! But with a cool mop solution like that, I might have to start.